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his arms: she thought she loved him, 1
but Theodota felt the girl's heart con
tract with disappointment The soul
of the girl knew that the young man
was not to be her mate, but the girl
knew nothing of this.
And Theodota, hovering by the
young girl, began to feel the hail beat
ing on her again; the lightning
flashed and the thunder pealed.
"I don't see why you should object
to my, having a good time, Frank,"
the young girl said to her sweetheart.
"Just because we are engaged is
that any reason why I shouldn't go
out with any man but you?"
"You'll have to choose between me
and the rest," answered the young
The girl slammed down the dia
mond ring upon the table.
"Take your old ring, then!" she
stormed. "You're a tyrant anyway,
and I couldn't be happy with you. If
you are as jealous as this before mar
riage, what will you be afterward?"
Theodota understood nothing of
what was being said, but her delicate
wings were drencheiTwith the rain,
and, seeing a warmer, sunnier place
a little distance away, she darted in
stinctively toward it.
And now ensued a period of for
getfulness. Theodota had lost all
memory of the joys of heaven, for
the human love that enfolded her
seemed sweeter than anything that
had happened to her before. Dimly
she seemed to be aware of her im
prisonment, and', as' the sculptor
works upon the plastic clay or wax,
so she was forming by her own de
sires the body that she was destined
to inhabit. But of what was hap
pening on earth, of the father's strug
gles to earn the money to pay for his
wife's Illness, of his hopes and fears
and those of his young wife, Theo
dota was supremely ignorant She
basked in the bride's love as one
basks in the sunshine and her con
tent was absolute.
Then came the day when Theodo
ra's happiness seemed complete. The 1
little body that she had fitted for her-
self was made. The house was ready ,
for her to inhabit it She knew noth- '
ing of what was happening on earth,
of the doctor's grave face and avert
ed eyes as he toiled over the young
wife, while the husband waited in an
agony of suspense without
Suddenly, with a shiver of fear,
Theodota found herself a spirit again.
And, freed from the bonds of human
love, she longed to flee back to her
place in heaven and rest among the
happy spirits there.
But because it is given to mortals,
when love is omnipotent, to make
their cries heard to the, happy souls
and to the souls to hear them, Theo
dota, about to fly away, paused as
she heard the agonized words of the
young mother's prayer:
"God, give me back my child!"
And, with the same clarity- of vis
ion, Theodota was enabled to see and
even dimly to understand the mean
ing of the tiny coffin that stood with
in the narrow room next to the cham
ber in which the young husband
kneeled beside his wife. And the
same prayer broke from both their
"We couldn't have saved her," said
the doctor gravely. "No human
agency could have saved her."
"I know; you did your best," the
Theodota, watching that human
grief felt strangely drawn toward it.
She did not know that what is called
grief on earth is called joy in heaven;
but all her desires to be away van
ished, and she remained with the
stricken mother, nestling against her
and trying with all her power to com
Perhaps she did comfort her, for
spirit can speak with spirit, but so
obscurely that the outer phantom of
flesh and blood, controlled by the
brain, understands nothing. Only
through the instincts can one soul
speak to another. But Theodota re
mained, until the same cloudy dark
ness fell upon her again, and, happy